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Conor gets on his marks for Paisley 10k

Young Renfrewshire runner Conor Thomson is setting the pace for this year’s edition of the Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

15 year old Conor, an S3 pupil at Gleniffer High School, is aiming to conquer the 10K after being victorious in the last two editions of the shorter Fun Run.

Young athlete Conor Thomson with Cllr Harte

Conor joined Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, to remind runners to sign up as soon as possible and start training.

The Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club athlete has been running in the event since 2008. This year will be the first time he is old enough to run in the longer race, and it’s a challenge he’s relishing.

Conor said: “This race has always been an inspiration to me – training for the Fun Run was my incentive for first joining the running club.

“My coach John Rodger has taught me so much and helped me improve each year. Now, I want to test myself in the bigger race and see how fast I can finish and how high up the field.

“I’d encourage anyone my age and younger to sign up for the Fun Run and give it a go – you just never know what it might lead to!”

Cllr Harte said: “Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run has been the springboard to success for many local athletes and Conor might just be the next one.

“Their stories can be inspiration to the rest of us, whatever age we are, to look out our trainers and sign up.”

“Even if you’re unlikely to ever be an elite athlete, you’ll get a tremendous amount out of the challenge of training for the race and taking part.”

Anyone wishing to run can enter online at or pick up an application form from local sports centres and libraries. Race entries will be received until 29 August.

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Paisley 10K fights to mend broken hearts

The Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run is again teaming up with a leading heart charity when the event returns on Sunday 31 August.

Proceeds from the day will go to the British Heart Foundation Scotland.

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The BHF is the biggest independent funder of heart research in the UK and the event will raise funds for its ‘Mending Broken Hearts’ appeal.

Paisley is one of three Scottish ‘Heart Towns’, a scheme where entire communities come together to join the fight against heart disease.

Last year’s Paisley event raised £1500 from runners’ donations when signing up and with participation increasing, it is hoped the race can beat this figure this time around.

Carole Nicol, of BHF Scotland, said, “Unfortunately heart disease remains one of Scotland’s biggest killers, but the vital funds we hope to raise through this year’s event will help us to fight for every heartbeat.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said, “We are proud to once again link up with the British Heart Foundation as part of the annual 10K Road Race and Fun Run.

“The race is growing year on year and is helping people to pursue a healthy lifestyle. More and more people are getting active and are raising thousands for a worthy cause while doing it.

“With this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, now is the time to sign up for this year’s Paisley event.”

The race is sponsored again this year by MEPC Hillington Park.

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One week left for 10k and fun run discount. Don’t miss out!

Renfrewshire runners are being urged to get their entries in for this year’s Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run and make the most of the early-bird discount that ends soon.

The cut-price entry fees are still available – but only until Saturday 1 June.

Runners taking part in the 10k can save £3 on the normal entry fee, while adult fun runners save £1 and children save £2. The discounts are only available to people entering online at

The annual event takes place in Paisley, this year on Sunday 25 August and is expected to be the biggest ever. Last year over 1,400 people took part, ranging from serious athletes to fun runners raising cash for charity.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said:  “This year’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run is shaping up to be the best yet and there’s no better time to get your entry in for the early bird discount that ends soon.

“The event offers people the chance to develop a more active lifestyle in an enjoyable and fun way. It’s also a great way to raise Paisley’s profile as one of the British Heart Foundation’s three Scottish Heart Towns – and I’d urge as many local people as possible to get involved and sign up before 1 June.”

Paisley’s 10k is flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track.

The entry fee for the 10k is £18 with a t shirt (early bird £15) or £12 without a t shirt   (early bird £10). There is a group discount where one free entry is offered for every five paying entries.

The entry fee for the Fun run is £8 with a t shirt for adults (early bird £7) or £5 without a t shirt (early bird £4) and £6 with a t shirt for children under 16 (early bird £4) or £3 without a t shirt (early bird £2). The adult and child discount offers a joint entry for £12 with t shirts (early bird £10).

Scottish Athletics League members are eligible for a further £2 discount on all categories.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Sets Fun Runners Costume Challenge

Renfrewshire’s Provost will be on the lookout for the weirdest and most wonderful costumes in this year’s Paisley Road Race Fun Run.

The 3K fun run takes place on the same day as Paisley 10K, Sunday 29 August.

Entrants in the past have included pirates, clowns, ballerinas, Spiderman and even Scoobie Doo, so expectations are high for this year’s fun runners.

Provost Celia Lawson will be in County Square judging all the creative costumes and dishing out prizes for the best fancy dressed runners on the day.

Provost Lawson said: “I can’t wait to see the costumes this year. Judging the best fancy dress in the fun run is one of my favourite parts of the day. We all know the people of Renfrewshire have a fantastic sense of humour so I’m challenging them this year to do their very best and go all out for the best costume prizes.

“The Paisley 10K and Fun Run is our biggest event and brings people of all ages into the town for a great day. The Fun Run in particular is great for bringing together families and friends to run together, whether it’s for charity or just for fun. I love seeing all their colourful costumes and smiles lighting up the town centre.”

Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run takes place on Sunday 29 August starting in County Square, Paisley.

The 10k begins at 10am and the fun run starts at 12.15pm.

There will also be loads of free activities and entertainment going on on the day.

The Lagoon Leisure centre are offering free activities for all runners including:

•Free family badminton sessions
•Bouncy castle on race day
•Free Prize Draw-win a club membership
•Free swim open to all 10K medal holders as a well done! On the day of the race and Monday/Tuesday-just bring your medal
•Aeroball Court free for children and young people on race day and all the previous week
•Free parking at lagoon on race day- and showers and changing facilities are available for participants and families using the lagoon activities

There’s still time to sign up to the 10k or fun run and get a discount on the entry fee or get an online group discount.

To enter go to or pick up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure facility or library